Graduate Courses

We are pleased to announce that as of September 1, 2012 the Department of Pathology is participating in the Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS) which offers training towards the PhD degree by integrating the foundations of interdisciplinary biomedical research with focused investigation and preparation for career advancement.

In the first year PhD students will participate in the Foundations in Biomedical Sciences (FiBS) core curriculum as well as have the opportunity to select elective courses focused on area-specific interests.  Additionally, trainees will engage in laboratory rotations, in journal clubs and research seminars.  Trainees will work closely with a faculty advisor in the development of an individual plan that will be tailored to serve specific research and professional goals.  After selection of a laboratory, students will join the program/department with which the mentor is affiliated and continue advanced studies towards candidacy

Courses offered by the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

GMS PA 510 Medical Immunology
Prereq: Biochemistry. Basic principles of immunology, with emphasis on their medical relevance, presented through lectures and discussion of case studies.  Stearns-Kurosawa, Remick. 2 credits, 2nd semester.

GMS PA 600 Introduction to Pathology and Pathophysiology of Disease
Prereq: consent of instructor. Lectures and discussion sessions presenting the basic morphologic and functional changes of major disease processes: cell injury and death, inflammation, cell and tissue response to microbial organisms, atherosclerosis, cancer, etc. Slack, Mellott. 4 credits, 2nd semester.

GMS PA 700 Basic and Experimental Pathology
Prereq: GMS BI 755 or equivalent. Basic principles of pathology are presented through lectures (students attend the GMS PA 600 lectures), laboratory sessions and computer-assisted instruction. Related research articles and basic histology are discussed in small group session that complement the lectures.  Blusztajn. 4 credits, 2nd semester.

GMS PA 710 Principles of Basic and Applied Pathology
Required for first year PhD students (Click here for more info). This course will serve as a broad introduction to the topics and methods used in the field of pathology to study the mechanisms of disease and development of pathophysiology. Panchenko, Remick. 2 credits, 1st semester.

GMS PA 800 Pathology Seminar
Weekly research seminar presented by faculty, students, and guests.
Slack. 2 credits, 1st semester.

GMS PA 801 Special Topics -Detailed examination of one specific area of research each term, presented in readings, discussions, and lectures. Presents significant background information, current knowledge, research approaches, and laboratory methodology in each area. Special Topics Include: protein modification and molecular basis of human disease and transmembrane signaling. Varying Pathology Faculty, Course Directors – 2 cr, 2nd semester

GMS PA 801  Special Topics -Transmembrane Signaling

GMS PA 801  Special Topics -Protein Modification and Molecular Basis of Human Diseases

This is an introduction to the business realities of modern biomedical science which is patent-driven and product-oriented.  Lectures from invited speakers from the biomedical, legal, regulatory and business worlds will provide basic terminology and perspective to give an overview for how an idea in the laboratory is translated into a marketable commodity. Keystone speakers who have bridged the science and business experiences will share their stories of inspiration, travails and success. A 2 credit course of seminars, evaluation by exam and a final project similar to a product business plan.  Pass/Fail. Stearns-Kurosawa, Remick, 1st semester.

GMS PA 900 Laboratory Rotations in Pathology, 2 credits, 1st & 2nd semester.

GMS PA 901 Research in Pathology, variable credits.

GMS PA-910 Human Biospecimens for Research
The objective of this course is to introduce students to the creation, maintenance and efficient use of an indispensible component of translational research in medicine – human tissue and its derivatives. Lectures from invited speakers with extensive experience in human bio-specimens generation, maintenance, and utilization, will provide students with knowledge how to successfully obtain and utilize human bio-specimens. Topics will include logistics and legal aspects of creating and sustaining bio-banks, federal and institutional regulatory and funding mechanisms, and concrete examples of human bio-specimens use to generate break-through data in specific field of biomedical research. Special attention will be given to human biospecimens used in neuroscience as four neuropathologists/neuroscientists from Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Boston University are enlisted as speakers to give comprehensive overview of biospecimens utilized in neurodegenerative diseases and brain tumors. Delalle, 2 credits, 2nd semester.

Medical school

MED MS131 A1 Medical Immunology [now MED MS144 M3 PrISM: Medical Immunology]
Module Directors: Sharon, Remick, 2nd semester.

MED MS212 A1 General Pathology [now part of Disease and Therapy (DRx)]

Module Director MED MS220 A1: Sarita-Reyes, pathology lectures 1st and 2nd semesters.

Dental school

MD520 A1 General Pathology
Slack, Sarita-Reyes, 2nd semester.